Fordyce spots on shaft treatment
Should I be worried about Fordyce spots?
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Fordyce spots also termed Fordyce granules   are visible sebaceous glands that are present in most individuals. They are not associated with any disease or illness, nor are they infectious but rather they represent a natural occurrence on the body. No treatment is therefore required, unless the individual has cosmetic concerns. Persons with this condition sometimes consult a dermatologist because they are worried they may have a sexually transmitted disease especially genital warts or some form of cancer. On the shaft of the penis, Fordyce spots are more visible when the skin is stretched, and may only be noticeable during an erection. Oral Fordyce granules appear as rice-like granules, white or yellow-white in color. The most common site is along the line between the vermilion border and the oral mucosa of the upper lip, or on the buccal mucosa inside the cheeks in the commissural region,  often bilaterally.
Fordyce spots are heterotopic sebaceous glands that can occur on the vermillion border of the lips, within the oral mucosa, on the penile shaft usually the ventral surface, scrotum, areolar region of the breast, and labia minora. Especially when these occur on the male genitalia, usually after puberty, it is a matter of great concern for the patient and can at times confuse the untrained eye and appear like genital warts. Treatment is not necessary since it is an anatomical variation and a benign condition. However, for cosmetic reasons in a distressed patient, electrodessication, radiofrequency ablation, micro punch technique, 3 or even laser ablation can be offered. A year-old male patient presented with complaints of multiple whitish growths on the inner aspect of his prepuce since one year.
Articles in the December issue discuss various health issues affecting school-aged children, including acne, eczema and growth disorders. Volume 42, No. Even after a thorough examination it can be difficult to distinguish a normal penile anatomical variant from pathology needing treatment. This article aims to assist diagnosis by outlining a series of common penile anatomical variants and comparing them to common pathological conditions. The problems considered include pearly penile papules, penile sebaceous glands Fordyce spots , Tyson glands, angiokeratomas of the scrotum, lymphocoele, penile warts, molluscum contagiosum, folliculitis and scabies. The common practice of treating any penile lump as a wart is no longer useful in the era of human papillomavirus HPV vaccination. Since the introduction of the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program for young women in , the incidence of genital warts has fallen dramatically in young Australian heterosexuals.
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Author: Vanessa Ngan, staff writer. Fordyce spots are small 1—5mm , slightly elevated yellowish or white papules or spots that can appear on the glans or shaft of the penis, or the vulva of the female, the inside of the cheeks and on the vermilion border of the lips.